It grows in rocky slopes and soil, and on rock outcrops and ledges, from sea level to below 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) in elevation. It is native from the coast into the Peninsular Ranges, including the Santa Ana Mountains and Cuyamaca Mountains, and on San Clemente Island.
Dudleya edulis is made up of an array of fleshy, finger-like leaves growing vertically from a caudex at or just below ground level. The fingerlike leaves are pale green, cylindrical and pointed, growing up to 20 centimetres (7.9 in) tall.
It bears a branching inflorescence 10–50 centimetres (3.9–19.7 in) tall, with several terminal branches each bearing up to 10 or 11 flowers. The flowers have pointed white to cream petals about a centimeter long. The bloom period is May to July.
- The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 28 July 2016
- Calflora: Dudleya edulis
- Jepson eFlora: Dudleya edulis
- Theodore Payne Foundation, California Natives Wiki: Dudleya edulis
- Las Pilitas Nursery Horticulture Database: Dudleya edulis (Fingertips, Lady Fingers, San Diego Dudleya)
- Calflora Database: Dudleya edulis (Fingertips)
- Jepson Manual eFlora (TJM2) treatment of Dudleya edulis
- UC CalPhotos gallery of Dudleya edulis
- USDA Plants Profile for Dudleya edulis (fingertips)
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